Hurricane Dorian Devastated the Bahamas and Parts of the Carolinas

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Charleston geared up for Hurricane Dorian this week, luckily much of the Holy City was left largely unharmed despite the hundreds of thousands of power outages. Sadly, the northern Bahamas were not as lucky and suffered the largest impact from the hurricane as the storm was at a category 5 level when it struck the islands. The official death toll is 43 and continues to rise as rescue workers reach more areas. The United Nations believe almost 70,000 are left homeless on Abaca and Grand Bahamas, the areas which took the grunt of the impact, due to the damage. Follow CNN’s live updates here.

Northeast South Carolina and North Carolina were impacted as well as flooding and tornadoes have hit the region. Outer Banks residents’ homes flooded, leaving hundreds trapped by high water. Ocracoke Island, in the Outer Banks, suffered catastrophic flooding, described by residents as levels they had never seen. The island is only accessible by boat and air, but Governor Roy Cooper said medical and search and rescue teams were on the way. Here are just a few of the ways you can donate and help the Bahamas as well as the impacted communities in the Carolinas:

Find more organizations working to aid in the rescue work in the Bahamas and the United States, accepting donations here.

The Charleston region was impacted by the hurricane as well with trees, powerlines and even traffic lights downed across the Lowcountry. Take a look at some pictures of the impacts the storm left on Charleston:

 

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Praying for #Charleston! 🌀 (📷s by @tonybartelme and @bymatthewfortner | The Post and Courier)

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Have a Plant-Based Diet? Charleston’s Got You Covered.

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Gnome Cafe

Gnome exists to show you the power of plant-based food! For both breakfast and lunch, they use high-quality ingredients to serve up bold flavors to satisfy any craving.

Dellz Uptown

A Charleston staple, Dellz Uptown has mastered the art of creating classic, feel-good foods like pizza and nachos that are also friendly to vegetarian and vegan eaters. Their Vegan Jazzy Pizza is a must-have. Be sure to try one of their smoothies for the ultimate experience.

The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery

Another great option for those with plant-based diets is The Harbinger. With a kitchen that features locally-sourced, seasonal dishes alongside a bakery with fresh pastries, including gluten-free options!

 

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A well balanced meal if you ask me. 🍃🍪 🌞 🌱

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Huriyali

Creating food with your health in mind, Huriyali serves up some of the freshest plant-based food in Charleston. From fresh-pressed juice and nut milk to creative deli favorites, you can trust that your health is in good hands when eating at Huriyali!

 

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Cuz who packs a lunch on a Monday?!✨🌿🌶🌸 #goldenbudhabowlwithcurry

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Tu

Grounded in tradition and culture, Tu delivers delicious dinners from the Indian Subcontinent. Tu takes classic dishes and gives them a unique twist while still paying homage to their origins, a challenging task. The team at Tu works hard to develop relationships with local fishermen and farmers to ensure the quality of their entire menu.

Butcher and Bee

Butcher and Bee started out as a small shop specializing in gourmet sandwiches but has quickly grown into a full menu with a new location serving up a mix of unique and exciting dishes, many of which are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Using local and sustainable ingredients is a culture and mindset that Butcher and Bee makes a priority.

 

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That moment when you see your dinner approaching the table 😍

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The Best Products Made Right Here In Charleston

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Even after seven years as Travel + Leisure’s ‘Best City in the United States,’ Charleston still has that small-town feel. That’s because the only thing Charlestonians love more than Charleston itself is keeping Charleston true to its identity, an identity that is centered around tradition, community and loving all things local. So it should be no surprise that Charlestonians love these seven Charleston-made products:

Sweetgrass Baskets
A beautiful and long-standing tradition, sweetgrass baskets are one of the more well-known products that come from Charleston. Once used as winnowing fans to separate rice seeds from their chaffs, sweetgrass baskets have become a highly sought after cultural souvenir – and a symbol of Charleston. Locals and tourists alike can find sweetgrass baskets at the Charleston City Market, or at the many roadside stands in the area.

Brackish
Charleston’s twist on the classic bowtie. Brackish creates handmade, all-feather and sustainably-sourced bow ties and accessories. Since all materials and feathers are picked individually for each creation, no two items from Brackish are exactly the same. Founded by two local Charlestonians, Brackish bow ties and accessories have been worn by celebrities such as Cam Newton and Blake Lively. Find them in stores all over the Lowcountry or check out their website and

 

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Our job isn’t done until that final feather is perfectly placed. Then it’s up to you to bring it to life.

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Lowcountry Olive Oil
What started as a farmer’s market business has developed into one of Charleston’s staple shops, with more than 60 different varieties of olive oil and vinegar. Founded by the Benjamin family in 2011, Lowcountry Olive Oil has been proudly serving the Lowcountry’s largest selection of olive oil and vinegar ever since. With stellar customer service as a priority, shoppers are encouraged to sample their specialties of Lowcountry Herb Olive Oil and both Strawberry Champagne and Bourbon Balsamic Vinegars.

The Joggle Factory
Dating back to 1804, joggling boards gained popularity for their calming range of motion, often making users feel at ease with their gentle swaying. Since their inception, joggling boards have become a staple for the spacious porches that are often found in Charleston. To learn more about the history of joggling boards or to purchase one for your porch, you can visit The Joggle Factory’s website or Instagram.

Lillie’s of Charleston
Keeping the traditions (and secrets) of Charleston kitchens alive, Lillie’s offers the best of Charleston’s authentic spices and sauces needed to cook any and every Lowcountry dish. With barbecue and hot sauces, spice rubs and seasoning mixes, Lillie’s of Charleston has it all. You can find Lillie’s products in most specialty shops and markets in Charleston or check them out online on their website or Instagram.

Old Whaling Co.
Creating effective and affordable bath and body products is challenging, but Old Whaling Co. has been able to do this for customers since 2012. Old Whaling Co. proudly sells their soaps, bath bombs, body butters, roll-on perfumes, and salt scrubs, all inspired by the sea. Featuring intoxicating scents such as Bamboo and Teak, Indigo and Rice, and Sea La Vie, Old Whaling Co.’s products are a one of a kind. Visit one of their three Charleston locations, head to their website or check out their Instagram to start shopping today!

 

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I’ve had this photo saved for some time now. A great shot from a very long time retailer @two_cumberland @twocumberlandspartanburg They have carried our soap for about five years now I believe. We were both quite green when we met, but we had huge ambitions. Jennifer is one of those people you meet and think to yourself – I can’t wait to see where she is in ten years because she’s going to kill it. I’ve watched them grow from a booth at an antique mall to three gorgeous stores – one on King Street and one in Mount Pleasant, and one in the Upstate (what we call the northern part of South Carolina). When I think of hustle and heart they always come to mind. If you’re out shopping today pop in to one of their stores! They carry lots of pretty jewelry + fun summer apparel. 📸 @two_cumberland

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J. Stark
With its flagship store located Downtown on Coming St., J. Stark sells aesthetically pleasing, but minimalistic and highly functional bags, wallets and accessories. Made with heavyweight twill, waxed or heavyweight canvas and bridle leather, J. Stark products are designed to last. Though it’s a small shop, J. Stark makes their bags right there in the store, and are highly customizable. Stop by their Coming St. store the next time you’re downtown or check out their website and Instagram!

 

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We’ve been busy lately. What with new designs alone, you’d think we had our hands full. But the truth is, on top of new design work, we also spend a significant portion of our day sifting through fabric and leather swatches to find new ways to offer you our tried and tested silhouettes. There are several components that factor into our decision making process when it comes to choosing new fabrics and leathers to add to the line. First of all, we look for beauty and uniqueness of texture and tone. We want vivid colors, of course. But we also want those colors to be evocative. We want them to make you feel something, even if you don’t know exactly what that something is, but you know it’s good. In addition to the look, we also focus heavily on feel. How does that fabric feel to the touch? How does the leather feel in your hand? And again, when you know, you know. But perhaps the most important aspect of the materials we choose is the durability. We’ve chosen these twills and bridle leather because they’re built to last, and look good while doing it. So, as we make our way toward fall, we’d like to introduce you to our new heavyweight twill collection. It’s the J. Stark silhouettes you’ve come to know and love, but with new texture and contrast.

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Did we forget your favorite Charleston-made products? Be sure to let us know!

The Best Spots for Barbecue in Charleston

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No one is surprised when they hear about the rise of Charleston’s food scene, and the expanse of barbecue restaurants is no exception. These five Charleston barbecue restaurants will give you plenty of southern food that you’ll be hungry to write home about.

Lewis Barbecue

Just two years ago, John Lewis changed the barbecue scene here in Charleston. Having established himself as a prized pitmaster in Austin, TX, he made his way to the Holy City to make his mark on Charleston with the opening of Lewis Barbecue. Welding the custom-designed smokers himself, Lewis wakes up at 4 a.m. to tend the fire that slow cooks meat for 18 hours.

 

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Welcome to the Monday morning smoke show. #pitcrew

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Rodney Scott’s

Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ is deep-rooted in heritage and tradition. At a young age, Scott learned to cook whole hog barbecue watching his family do the same in the hog pits they built behind their convenience store in Hemingway, SC.

Word got out about how good the smoked meats the Scott’s were selling out of their convenience store was and people began traveling hours each week just to try it. With so much popularity, Rodney Scott decided to leave the family business and open up his own BBQ joint here in Charleston in 2016. In 2018, Rodney was named the James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast for his restaurant.

Home Team BBQ

With several locations, now expanding as far as Aspen, CO, Home Team BBQ is a fresh and local-minded restaurant right down to their sauces. With experimentation always in mind, the Home Team crew is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to use smoked meats. With award-winning dishes, an expansive bar, and a fun, family-friendly environment, Home Team is the whole package!

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How much for one rib?

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Smoke BBQ

In the heart of Charleston on upper King Street is Smoke BBQ. Smoke is one of the most diverse options of the Charleston BBQ scene. With plenty to choose from, including tacos and pastrami that is cooked 16 hours, Smoke stands out in the crowd. Check it out the next time you’re downtown and looking for some southern barbecue.

Swig & Swine

Swig & Swine features classic, all-wood smoked barbecue that delivers the juiciest smoked meats the Lowcountry has to offer. With four locations in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and West Ashley, Swig & Swine restaurants are serving up to barbecue lovers all around.

An Afternoon in the French Quarter

An afternoon spent in historic downtown Charleston is an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re lucky enough to call the Lowcountry home or just stopping by for a visit, downtown Charleston provides the perfect setting for a summer afternoon. Just make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes while out exploring (we’re headed for cobblestone streets!) and get ready to enjoy the French Quarter.

Located on the southeastern corner of the peninsula (and with Broad, Meeting, East Bay, and South Market streets acting as its perimeters), the French Quarter gets its name from the French Huguenots that settled in the area seeking religious freedom. The historical significance of the area is apparent throughout the neighborhood, with well-known and well-loved churches peppering every street, including the French Huguenot and St. Philip’s Episcopal churches.

 

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Good morning from #Charleston

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History isn’t the only thing this charming area has to offer. The French Quarter is filled with delicious spots to grab a bite to eat, so start your afternoon by heading to lunch at Minero on East Bay St., where you’ll find a variety of affordable, quality, and casual Mexican dishes. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can even try to tackle their biggest menu item, simply named The Burrito, that is packed with flavorful and fresh ingredients. Also in the area are a few timeless Charleston classics such as Brown Dog Deli on Broad St. or Poogan’s Smokehouse on East Bay St. Both places offer quick lunch options so that you can move on to enjoying the rest of your afternoon.

 

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Taco game strong at Charleston Wine & Food. 🌮📷: @katkinsman

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After lunch, stroll down the cobblestone streets, popping into the countless art galleries that you’ll find on every street within the French Quarter. Narrow streets like Church, Cumberland, Chalmers, and Queen are full of galleries as well as Gallery Row on Broad. (We know, we’re shocked they have art galleries there too.) Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed to find something unlike any other, as many places support a combination of both well-known and up-and-coming artists.

After stopping into a few galleries, be sure to take a stroll over to Charleston Waterfront Park on Vendue Range for a great view of the Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River. Stop for a quick picture, enjoy the swings by the sea, and be sure to keep your eye out for some playful dolphins in the water below!

Finish off your afternoon with happy hour at one of the many bars throughout the French Quarter. The Blind Tiger Pub on Broad St. has $10 mimosa carafes (who says they’re just for brunch?!), but also plenty of cocktails and beers to choose from. For a sky-high view of the Holy City, check out the rooftop bar at The Vendue, which has been named the best rooftop bar every year since 2007 by the Charleston City Paper. For something off the beaten path, The Griffon Pub is your spot. The first thing visitors might be surprised by are the walls covered in dollar bills and the unique feel of the pub, providing an atmosphere that is both comfortable and special to Charleston.

 

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Rooftop on the rocks. Join us tonight for Happy Hour from 4-7pm.

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While Charleston is full of beautiful neighborhoods, it’s hard to beat an afternoon spent in the French Quarter.